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September 24, 2005

U.S. blood centers appear to be sustaining the supply levels they achieved following the increased level of donations in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The following charts from America's Blood Supply, which covers roughly 50% of U.S. blood supply, show the nationwide trend:

The first chart shows the 90-Day Inventory, as of September 20, 2005. In the chart, Green indicates the reporting centers have a supply sufficient to last 3-days or longer. Yellow indicates the reporting centers have a supply that may last for up to 2-days. Red indicates the reporting centers are in danger of running out of blood in 1-day or less. Black indicates the number of centers that haven't reported their supply level:

U.S. Blood Supply: 09-20-2005

The next chart shows the year-over-year comparison for the number of blood centers reporting that they have a 3-day or greater supply:

Year-over-Year Blood Centers with 3-Day or Greater Supply: 09-20-2005

The next chart shows the year-over-year comparison for the number of reporting blood centers that have a blood supply capable of lasting 1-day or less:

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